Tavecchio signed a contract with the Raiders on Wednesday. Tavecchio has spent time with the Packers, Lions and Raiders since 2013, but he's never made an active roster. The signing makes the current offseason the fourth straight that Tavecchio has spent with Oakland. He'll provide competition for Sebastian Janikowski, who will again be the frontrunner for the team's placekicking job.
Tavecchio has been waived by the Raiders. With the move, veteran Sebastian Janikowski is now the only kicker on the Raiders' roster as Week 1 approaches.
Tavecchio is in competition with Sebastian Janikowski for the kicking gig in Oakland, Vic Tafur of SFGate.com reports. Special team's coach Brad Seely said of the situation, "Will he kick for us? Well, that remains to be seen. But it's a competition, and we're seeing who's best. Obviously, Sebastian has done this for a long time and has been really good. Obviously, he's the front-runner." Tavecchio has become an NFL travel man, as he is in his fifth training camp with his fourth different team.
The Raiders have added free-agent kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to the roster for 2015, the team announced Tuesday in a press release. Tavecchio played with Oakland in the preseason last year before being cut. He was claimed by the Lions, but never played.
The Oakland Raiders made their final cuts before Saturday's deadline. The team parted ways with WR Greg Little, RB George Atkinson, DE Denico Autry, CB Chance Casey, OL Jack Cornell, DE Jack Crawford, LB Carlos Fields, LB Bojay Filimoeatu, LB Spencer Hadley, OL Danny Kistler, OL Erle Ladson, DT Ricky Lumpkin, OL Lamar Mady, TE Jake Murphy, WR Seth Roberts, DE Ryan Robinson, S Brandian Ross, OL Jarrod Shaw, TE Scott Simonson, RB Jeremy Stewart, K Giorgio Tavecchio and FB Karl Williams.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||New York Jets||23||8.00|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Chargers||32||8.88|
|7||10/20||Kansas City Chiefs||19||7.41|
|11||11/19||New England Patriots||2||5.53|
|13||12/03||New York Giants||24||8.00|
|14||12/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||19||7.41|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||32||8.88|